FishUSA Ambassadors are extension specialists who are highly recognized in their respective regions and who also represent FishUSA within their networks. These spokesmen and women help to introduce the benefits that FishUSA provides to anglers across the country. Similar to Pro Staff, Ambassadors contribute fishing content on the water, product reviews and demonstrations, insight on fishing tactics, and a passion for fishing.
A Wisconsin native, Dean Arnoldussen is a stalwart walleye angler. A tournament angler for over 20 years, Dean has amassed an impressive competitive resume, including becoming the all-time leading money winner in FLW walleye tournaments and the winner of the largest payout in professional walleye fishing tournament history. He has been featured in many publications over the years, and is a frequent sport show and expo presenter. When he’s not fishing, Dean enjoys hunting, scuba diving, and talking with other anglers about fishing and the gear he uses. Dean is sponsored by AFTCO, Big Bite Baits, Cannon, Gamakatsu, Humminbird, Jiffy, Moonshine Lures, Off Shore Tackle, SPRO, Sunline, Denali Rods, Lakemaster, Minn Kota, Skeeter Boats, and Yamaha Outboards. To learn more about Dean, visit his Fishing Facebook page.
Greg Blanchard grew up in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, a perfect location to explore the excellent fishing opportunities from the Great Lakes to the historic canal system connecting many prime fishing waters. A multi-species angler from a young age, Greg really found his calling chasing bass. As his fishing experiences continued to open new opportunities, he was introduced to the fast-growing world of kayak fishing. Fast forward to today and Greg has become a household name among the kayak fishing community. He currently lives in California and travels all over the country producing a number of fishing videos and competing in kayak fishing tournaments. His real passion is showing others his fishing experiences, adventures, and tactics through his popular YouTube and social media channels. Greg is sponsored by NRS, Torqeedo, and Native Watercraft. To learn more about Greg, visit his YouTube channel and website.
Jay Brown is one of the most inviting and gracious guys you’d ever want to meet! A nurse by trade and a native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Jay prowdly supports the FishUSA logo and message north of the border to introduce the international community to America’s Tackle Shop. Jay is a journeyman angler, often found traveling many hours to reach his ideal fishing destinations. He primarily fishes for largemouth bass from his kayak, and he has a passion for helping others get on the water to enjoy the sport he loves. When he’s not fishing, you can find Jay at his Tim Hortons, his favorite coffee shop. Jay is sponsored by Tightline Anchors, Primal, and Skoll Gear. To learn more about Jay, visit his Facebook and Instagram pages.
Growing up in Corry, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Dietz found himself immersed into all the different aspects and types of fishing possible. As a young man, Jonathan competed on the United States Youth Fly Fishing Team. Here, he competed in multiple Youth World Championships and was part of two World Gold medal teams. He has since turned his focus to the bass fishing world. Jonathan currently competes in multiple divisions including the Bassmaster Open as a Co-angler. Even though Jonathan has entered the bass fishing world, he hasn’t forgotten all of his other favorites. He is a very skilled and diverse angler that can be utilized as a resource for nearly all freshwater species. Jon is sponsored by ANGLR. To learn more about Jon, visit his Facebook page.
Bobby was born and raised on Steelhead Alley in Pennsylvania, just a few minutes from the famed Elk Creek. He has been guiding for many years and has spent the last 20 years dialing in the water he guides on today for steelhead, trout, smallmouth bass, musky, and pike. In Bobby’s down time, he travels to different fisheries and he’s been lucky enough to grow relationships all over the world. Within his travels, he has had the opportunity to explore many destinations with pristine fisheries, such as Belize, British Columbia and the Olympic Peninsula. If he’s not fishing, you will find him hanging out with his family, whom he thanks graciously for staying true to him while he chases his dream. Bobby is sponsored by Simms and Orvis. To learn more about Bobby, visit his business website.
Captain Tim Hyvonen operates WIFinlander Guide Service in Oak Creek, WI, where he has been chasing steelhead, brown trout, Chinook and Coho salmon for over 20 years. Captain Tim recently obtained his captain’s license and enjoys competing in many tournaments on Lake Michigan. In addition to running charters and guiding, Captain Tim offers fly and centerpin fishing lessons. His goal is to help others learn something new during every outing. During the winter, he also travels to surrounding states competing in ice fishing circuits. Captain Tim is sponsored by 13 Fishing, Raven, Simms, Creek Candy Bead Co, Line Cutterz, NPS and Tackle Webs. To learn more about Captain Tim and WIFinlander Guide Service, visit his website.
Mark Maule is an avid multi-species kayak angler from northern Minnesota. He spends around 120 days per year pursuing northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies, bluegills, walleyes, and muskies in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Mark has been kayak fishing for over a decade and has been successful on the tournament circuit. He has a “no room for complacency” mindset as there is always something more to learn in this relatively new sport. While he is driven to meet his individual goals, he is also passionate about teaching and getting others involved in kayak fishing. Mark is sponsored by Abu Garcia, Berkley, Ugly Stick, and Yo-Zuri. To learn more about Mark and to see some of catches, visit his Facebook page.
Paul McCue has a long history in the fishing and fisheries science fields. He has worked as a Fisheries Biologist Aide for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Paul has also served as a lodge guide for salmon and steelhead in Alaska, as well as a guide in Pennsylvania and New York. Now located in Dayton, PA where he is often found chasing smallmouth, Paul runs a weekly summer bass tournament series on the Allegheny River drainage. Paul has an impressive tournament record in regional bass circuits and has a thorough understanding of trends in the bass industry.
Bill Merrick has a long and storied history in the wide world of fishing. As a Port Washington, WI native now living in Mount Juliet, TN, Bill has come to be a bass angler through and through. He has long competed in numerous tournaments, including many FLW events and often finishing among the top of the field. Bill previously owned All Pro Rods (now rebranded as APR), where he helped set fishing rod industry design and production standards, many of which are still utilized today. Bill can often be found fishing and competing in tournaments throughout the Southeastern US, always with his APR’s on board the boat always enjoying his time on the water. Bill is sponsored by APR, Mercury Marine, and Phoenix Bass Boats.
Captain Andy Platko grew up in the charter fishing business under the tutelage of his father, John. Fishing since he could walk, Captain Andy was his father’s first mate from day one. Captain Andy now operates Rough House Charters in Erie, PA, where he specializes in targeting walleye, perch, lake trout, steelhead, and smallmouth bass in the central and eastern basins of Lake Erie. With his upbringing, he is well versed in all the responsibilities of running a charter for Lake Erie giants. Captain Andy is sponsored by Big Jon, Daiwa, Dutch Fork Custom Lures, Fish Hawk Electronics, Slide Diver, Humminburd, Lake-Link and Precision Trolling. To learn more about Captain Andy and Rough House Charters, visit his website.
Cory Elder grew up fishing the various inland lakes and river systems in Western Pennsylvania. Cory then began to travel along the East Coast while competing in several bass tournaments. From here, he fell in love with the Great Lakes region and acquired a multi-species perspective which opened many doors for him in the industry. With over a decade of time spent on Lake Erie, Cory continues to learn and help others. When he realized he wanted more, Cory turned his fishing hobby into a career. Guiding full time on Lake Erie is where his passion has driven him. Cory thoroughly enjoys watching a beginner or long time angler come aboard his boat and make lifelong memories. Cory is sponsored by RObert Stephens Custom Jewelers, Steelshad Lures, Dutchfork Custom Lures, Iron Bridge Outdoors, and Wiedas Marine. You can keep up with Cory on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
Growing up in Southwestern, Pennsylvania, Chris Rosella has taken full advantage of the fishing opportunities that his area has to offer. From targeting smallmouth bass and trophy flathead catfish on the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, to traveling to the Great Lakes for abundant trout, salmon and walleye fishing, Chris has immersed himself into multispecies angling. With vast industry knowledge through close ties with FishUSA, conducting fly tying seminars for Trout Unlimited, as well as being active in local bass tournament circuits, Chris has been active in the fishing industry since a young age. To learn more about Chris and his fishing adventures, visit him on Facebook and Instagram.
Ashley Thomas’ passion for the outdoors extends far beyond the waters of Texas where she grew up fishing for coastal redfish and jigging up Lake Fork crappies. Her studies led her to the Midwest where she attended Iowa State University and received her Master’s in Animal Science. Now a resident of Iowa, Ashley spends her days chasing down multispecies bites all across the Midwest. Whether it’s a walleye rigging bite on Minnesota’s famed Lake Mille Lacs, a finesse jig bite for Iowa Great Lake bluegills on the ice, or a trolling bite for big southern Iowa crappies on planer boards, she has a range of skills that have made her a recognized female angler in the industry. Her goal is to promote the excitement of fishing and the outdoors and help aspiring female anglers get out and have fun on the water. Ashley is sponsored by Do-It Molds and JT Outdoor Products. To learn more about Ashley and her fishing adventures, visit her on Facebook and Instagram.
Hugh Worth and Stacy Padilla
Hugh “Jamie” Worth and Stacy Padilla are a team through and through. Hugh has a unique and well-traveled background in the fishing industry, including previous stints as a Pro Staff member and employee for several manufacturers and retailers before moving to Erie, PA. An active bass angler, he has an been a member and tournament angler on several professional circuits. Stacy is also an accomplished angler with the ability to find high-quality fish, and together with Hugh, she has competed in and won several couples tournaments. Hugh and Stacy are often found fishing the waters of Lake Erie with their children, who also have an aptitude for catching above-average fish. Their passion is to share the fishing and outdoor experience with others through teaching, seminars, promotion, and social media. To learn more about their work and to see some of their catches, visit Hugh’s Facebook page.
Tate Schwab is an ambassador for FishUSA specializing in kayak fishing. Tate has been kayak fishing for almost 7 years now, and has also been fishing competitively all over the East Coast for the last 2 years. Tate currently resides in Erie, PA and frequently fishes Lake Erie. He says that his favorite parts of kayak fishing are the challenges that go along with it, as well as the different places you can go while fishing out of a kayak. Tate is sponsored by Bonafide Kayaks, YakAttack, FishUSA, Werner Paddles, NRS Fishing, Cortland Line, Woo! Tungsten, FireballOutdoorProducts, and Tightline Anchors. You can check out all of Tate’s fishing adventures on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
Jimmy grew up fishing for trout at a very early age in the mountain streams of Central Pennsylvania. His passion for bass fishing began in high school and continued into college where he fishing competitively for Penn State University. From there he earned his doctorate degree in physical therapy and continues to fish in tournaments throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and several other states. He competes in the Fisher’s of Men National Tournament Trail a well as other local circuits throughout the state. He and his fishing partner, Jeremy Lake, have collected multiple wins on this circuit. Jimmy is sponsored by Solar Bat Optics, Kistler Rods, and Cutting Edge Bullets. Follow Jimmy on Facebook and Instagram for more action.
Jeremy is a Central PA native who has had a passion for fishing his entire life. He was one of the anglers who put Penn State bass fishing on the map by winning PSU’s 1st ever FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake Erie during his senior year. From there, he has amassed numerous wins throughout the Northeastern United States, with his partner, Jimmy Moslak, in multiple bass fishing circuits. His true love is finesse fishing for smallmouth bass in the Great Lakes. You can follow all of Jeremy’s events on Facebook or Instagram.